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How to vote

Information about how to vote, including what happens at the polling station, postal votes and proxy votes.

At the polling station

Check your polling card to find your polling station. Contact us if you're unsure where your polling station is.

The polling station should be well signed outside and will have directions inside to make sure you get to the right place to vote. Polling stations are be open between 7am and 10pm for all elections.

A video is available to explain how to cast your vote. This video is available in English, Gujurati, Punjabi and Polish.

Confirm your details

When you approach the desk where the poll clerks are working, hand them your polling card if you have one. If you don't have a polling card you can still vote if you tell the clerks your name and address. 

Even if you have handed them a polling card, they will ask you to confirm your name and address; this is a regulation that the staff must follow.

Receive your ballot paper

The poll clerks will check that your name appears on the register of electors. If it does, they will hand you a ballot paper and provide any help or instruction you may require. If you do not appear on the register they will not be able to issue a ballot paper.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

Make your vote

Go into the polling booth and make a mark (preferably a cross) in the box next to the name of the person for whom you wish to vote. Make no other mark on the paper and be particularly careful not to make any mark that could identify yourself; if you do your vote will be spoiled and not counted.

Guiding other voters

Please be aware that it is against the law for you to instruct other voters on how they should cast their vote. If, as a family group, you wish to discuss who to vote for, you must do so before you collect your ballot papers. You are not allowed to enter a polling booth in couples or groups. 

Every person has the absolute right to cast their vote in secret, and it is the job of the polling station officers to enforce this.

Postal votes

Here you can find information on how to apply and complete your postal vote.

Proxy votes

Here you can find information on proxy votes and how to apply.